Summer Solstice: Awakening to the Light

4-Day Yosemite Yoga & Backpacking Adventure

with Breezy Jackson & Jiling Lin
Summer Solstice: Awakening to the Light
Date: June 16, 2022 - June 19, 2022
Location: Yosemite National Park Wilderness
Early Bird Price: $595 by March 15th, 2022
Regular Price: $645
Type of Program:

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Program Details

Celebrate the light through backcountry yoga practice, outdoor adventure and deep relaxation over the longest days of the year. The summer solstice is a perfect time for transition and renewal, and what better place to experience this than the Sierra Nevada’s incredible Range of Light.

Our 4-day journey in Yosemite National Park takes us to some of the most amazing outdoor “yoga studios” in the world. Backpacking, outdoor yoga, community and ecology are woven into a journey of body, mind and spirit.

As we move towards the end of our time together, there will be a special emphasis on the development of a home practice, bringing our experience out of the High Sierra mountains and into our home and daily life.

What is included?

This 4-day backpacking retreat features:

Balanced Rock provides professional instruction and guiding, campground fees, wilderness permit fees, first-aid supplies, and group gear for backpacking and camping for this trip. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the trailhead, any park entrance fees, and personal items. Reach out to our team for assistance in planning to attend this program: we are here to offer suggestions, support and logistical recommendations.


Sample Retreat Schedule

Thursday
We will meet at the trailhead on our first morning. We will take time for introductions and trip orientation. Next we will have thorough instruction on what and how to pack our backpacks and then be on our merry way. This hike may take us the entirety of the day. We will stop for breaks and to enjoy the scenery. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner after yoga as the Range of Light, bathed in alpenglow, lives up to its reputation. Evenings may include fireside stories, music, or gazing at the Milky Way from the cozy comfort of our sleeping bags.

Friday and Saturday
The next two days will allow us to adapt to the natural rhythms of the planet and flow with the specific needs and desires of the group. We may move our camp or enjoy a day-hike with light packs. We may now feel a settling into our new home among granite domes and peaceful lake waters. In addition to the adventure of backpacking, each day provides opportunities for swimming in alpine lakes, day hikes to sweeping views of the High Sierra or perhaps relaxing creek-side. Evenings are set aside for intentional discussions, wilderness education, creative journaling, music-making, or quiet contemplation around the campfire.

Sunday
Our last morning, we will enjoy a yoga class and meditation before sharing our final breakfast together in the field.  We will then pack our backpacks and begin our hike back to the trailhead. After putting closure on our journey together, we will aim to conclude by mid-afternoon.

*Note on Itinerary: This schedule is an outline. It is subject to change depending on the needs of the group and allowing for spontaneous inspiration. Registered participants will receive a detailed schedule closer to the trip date with exact times and locations. Almost all of the activities offered are optional. This program operates rain or shine.


Where will this trip take place?

This backpacking adventure will traverse some of the most scenic and beautiful terrain of the Sierra Nevada mountain range within Yosemite National Park.

How much does it cost?

$645/person

Balanced Rock strives to offer affordable programming to all of our interested participants, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please inquire with our team if you are seeking financial assistance to attend this program.

What should I bring?

Every registered participant will be emailed a recommended gear list to feel fully prepared for this adventure. Balanced Rock does have some gear available for loan, please inquire with our team if you need assistance or have questions regarding what to pack. 

Health & Safety Policies

In order to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff, we will require one of the following for attendance to any Balanced Rock in-person program in 2022:

  1. Proof of full vaccination status against COVID-19
  2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 24hrs of the event start date

All participants will be required to read and sign the Health & Safety Policy for 2022 Programs at registration.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

We understand plans change. As a small nonprofit, we can offer a partial refund of the program price minus a $50 administrative fee up to 30 days before the program start. Any cancellations after this deadline will not be eligible for a refund. All participants will be required to read and accept our Cancellation and Refund Policy upon registration.


Still on the fence about attending?

The Balanced Rock team is deeply committed to offering support for all interested participants for our programming. Schedule a zero-commitment 15-min call with one of our team members to get your questions answered and receive further info about this program!


About Your Guides

Breezy Jackson, RYT 500,  is a 7th generation Californian whose grandmother took the stage coach into Yosemite Valley to vacation as a girl. Deeply familiar with Sierra Nevada ecology, Breezy completed her doctorate in Ecosystem Ecology. For her dissertation work, she studied how past and present forest fires affect streams and rivers in Yosemite. Breezy began practicing yoga in 2003 to enhance her balance, core strength, and mental acuity as a collegiate rower. Later she studied Iyengar Yoga for five years with Jeri Stewart at the Moscow Yoga Center in Idaho. Breezy’s teaching style is vigorous and playful while drawing on a foundation of proprioception and breath awareness. She enjoys spontaneous self-discovery and contemplation enhanced by wilderness travel and simplified living in a stunning landscape.

 

Jiling Lin, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher in Ventura, CA. She empowers wild, creative, spirited health through embodied classes, clinics, and more holistic resources. Jiling studied Sivananda- style Hatha yoga with Yoga Vidya in southern India, and Wild Yoga withBalanced Rock in Yosemite, CA. Jiling’s yoga classes build stability, mobility, and gracethrough alignment, Earth- inspired metaphors, and ancient Chinese cosmology. Her adventures through mountains, oceans, deserts, and rivers re-inspires her daily commitment to reconnecting the wilderness of our human spirits with the wild world surrounding us. Visit Jiling at JilingLin.com , Instagram, and Facebook.

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